Executives exploring options outside their current company are often in need of job search etiquette tips. Especially since the immediacy and transparency of today's technology can easily create an uncomfortable situation. So how can you avoid being "that guy" while still incorporating social networking tools into your job hunt?
Everyone's afraid. You can't read an article, watch a news broadcast or speak to another human being without tasting the fear. We all may agree that we'd be stupid not to be cautious, but smart leaders are working to mitigate fear and move their organizations forward.
Want top-notch hiring advice? Sometimes the best source is at the top of your organization. I spoke with several C-level executives, and every one said their peer network is their first stop when seeking top talent. And overwhelmingly, those networks are tapped the old-fashioned way--not via LinkedIn.
Bring Your Own Technology, or BYOT, can strike fear in the hearts of CIOs and security officers, who are split on whether the concept is an urban legend or the wave of the future. Regardless, the CIOs I've spoken with say it has not yet become a standard question that applicants ask. Sure, there are CEOs and salespeople who want to sneak tablets onto the network, but at this point, the roar of the consumers is really just a whisper.
Whether your IT organization is five or 5,000 people, it's tempting, in today's market, to search outside talent for a superstar ready to contribute on day one. Yet the fear that such hires will flee when the economy turns around has companies hedging their bets by investing in their current employees.
It's hard in today's economic climate to argue for companies adding to their IT hiring processes. Why should a CIO partner with HR to build on an existing, sophisticated interviewing process? Because doing so can yield respect and results.
We've all been told, "Networking is critical," so often that by now it's about as interesting as, "You should floss daily." But the truth of the matter is that CIOs in the know do regularly turn to their personal networks to source effective talent. And paying regular attention to your network does, in fact, pay off.